Handi Quilter’s Academy: Teacher Spotlight on Helen Godden

We are so pleased to have Helen Godden, award-winning free-motion art quilter from Australia as one of our teachers at the 2014 Handi Quilter’s Academy. She will also be our keynote speaker for our banquet on Friday night.

Helen@Houston portrait

In only 10 years of quilting, Helen has won 11 awards at Houston International Quilt Festival, including the inaugural A World of Beauty and Master of Innovative Artistry. Helen has also won international awards in Japan and UK for her unique approach to machine quilting and is a four-time winner of Best of State in Australia.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMother Earth, 2008 2nd place winner A World of Beauty

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAScreeching Cockatoo, 2008 1st place winner A World of Beauty

Helen is a very popular teacher and uses humor a relaxed style to encourage all students. In her work, Helen is focused on color, design, and the story the piece tells, and uses her drawing and free-motion skills to quilt award-winning works of art. Helen’s work is predominately pictorial, with strong design and exciting play with color. Helen literally draws with her quilting machine.

Helen also incorporates humor into her work and often has an Aussie touch. Combining her teaching degree and her art experience, Helen teaches from a slightly different angle and enjoys helping even the most traditional of machine sewers to find new direction in free-motion machine quilting and opening up new avenues for their creative potential.

Helen won awards for quilts at this year’s International Quilt Festival — each quilted on her HQ Sweet Sixteen.

GODDEN_Tall Poppies_FULLCutting Down the Tall Poppies, winner Festival Gallery of Art Quilts (2013)

 Helen birds

Zen Magpies, honorable mention 2013 A World of Beauty

 Helen will be teaching two classes at Handi Quilter’s Academy, each taught twice — once as a hands-on class and once as a lecture demo.

Her first class is Rev Up the HQ Sweet Sixteen with an Aussie.

test drive sweet 16

Here’s how Helen describes this class: In this class you’ll quilt at full throttle and hit maximum overdrive as you put the Grand Prix of quilting machines through its paces. No time for a pit stop in this 2-hour advanced class as you learn new quilting styles from the maverick of free-motion machine quilting from Down Under. This class will be a full tank of fun and learning, and laughter is guaranteed.

Helen’s other class is based on her popular Liberation from the Ditch video. Watch how she describes her Liberation from the Ditch approach to free-motion quilting.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best!

The 2014 Handi Quilter’s Academy takes place May 28 through 31, 2014 at the Snowbird Resort in the breathtaking setting of the Utah mountains. Find out more about Handi Quilter’s Academy on the Handi Quilter website.

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Three Utah Quilters Featured in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 8

Today’s our day to be part of the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 8 Blog Tour! Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post by midnight on Thursday, Nov. 14 for a chance to win a copy of the special issue.


Since Handi Quilter is based in Utah, we thought we’d highlight three Utah quilters who have blocks in Volume 8. And they represent three distinct styles of quilting.

First, here’s Lori Holt’s block (block #783) named Home Sweet Home.


Lori is a popular blogger (Bee in My Bonnet), quilt designer, and fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs. Her homey and vintage style is very popular among quilters everywhere. And this block is a perfect example of Lori’s style — even using fabrics from various lines she has designed.

Our next Utah quilter is Margie Ullery. Her block (#756) is named Celebrate.


Margie is also a blogger and quilt pattern designer (Ribbon Candy Quilt Co.) and has had blocks in previous issues of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, as well as quilts in Quiltmaker magazine. We love her colorful and whimsical style. While her block uses holiday fabrics from Sandy Gervais’ Reindeer Games for Moda, we think this block would work for any season.

Our last Utah quilter is Handi Quilter’s own Nancy Allen. Her block (#763) celebrates Utah’s state symbol, the iconic beehive. The title, Deseret, means honeybee and was the name of the Utah territory before it became a state.


Volume 8 of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks featured Nancy’s quilt using this block in the magazine’s Designer’s Gallery (and it’s on display in their Golden, CO office gallery). In this version of the quilt she used fabrics from various Fig Tree & Co. fabrics. Who knew a floral, green fabric would work as a beehive?


And here’s a scrappier version of her Deseret quilt:

Make do Deseret cropped

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these blocks by three Utah quilters.

Be sure to leave a comment before midnight on Nov. 14 to possibly be the lucky winner of a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 8. Good luck!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 8 Is Coming!

And Handi Quilter is part of the excitement. Not only is Handi Quilter a sponsor (and has donated prizes to be given away), we will be part of the week-long blog hop and will be giving away a copy of the special issue.


So mark your calendars for the blog hop, beginning on Monday, Nov. 11. Our day for the blog tour is on Tuesday, Nov. 12. See you then!

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